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Courtney Love; From Hole To Bastard To Solo Act
The scoop on Courtney Love's solo album -- Her
collaborators include music's hottest female producer,
Linda Perry by Brian Hiatt
Say goodbye to Courtney Love, professional litigant.
After settling her legal battles with Universal Music
Group and the surviving members of Nirvana, Love is
hard at work on her first-ever solo album. Former 4
Non Blondes leader Linda Perry, now best known as a
hit-making Svengali for the likes of Pink and
Christina Aguilera, is cowriting and producing
hard-rocking songs for the project. ''I just go in and
write punk songs with her and play guitar,'' Perry
tells EW.com. ''We write songs till five in the
morning and then she books studio time.''
Earlier this year, Love announced the breakup of her
longtime band Hole. (Their final album, ''Celebrity
Skin,'' was released in '98.) Love had briefly formed
a new group called Bastard, but she's now officially a
solo act, according to her manager, James Barber.
Former Hole drummer Patty Schemel is on board for the
project, along with a variety of other musicians.
Barber won't say if Love's found a new label, but a
spokesperson for the U.K.'s Poptones imprint denies
reports that she's signed there.
In any event, the new album's sound will be rawer than
that of ''Celebrity Skin,'' which boasted sweet pop
choruses and arena-sized production. Instead, the
release may take its cues from the new wave of garage
rock. ''Courtney's into the Strokes and the Hives
right now, plus Iggy Pop and PJ Harvey,'' says Perry.
''But it's always going to sound like Hole, because